Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus has been signed by Arsenal on a long-term deal from Premier League champions Manchester City.
After passing a medical exam and reaching a personal agreement, the 25-year-old moves to the Emirates for what is believed to be a fee of £45 million. Jesus will don the No. 9 jersey that was recently vacated by Lyon-bound Alexandre Lacazette, who left on a free transfer.
To be in the best possible position to sign Jesus from City this summer, the Gunners worked with his agent Marcello Pettinati for nearly six months.
Following the additions of Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner, and Marquinhos, he becomes the north London club’s fourth summer signing.
Arsenal technical director Edu said, “We are delighted that we have secured the transfer of Gabriel. Everyone who knows football well, knows the qualities of Gabriel Jesus.
“Gabriel is a player who we have admired for a long time now. He is 25 years old and an established Brazil international who has consistently demonstrated that he is a player at a very high level. We look forward to seeing him join up with his new teammates ahead of the new season. We all welcome Gabriel to Arsenal.”
Mikel Arteta added, “I’m very excited. The club has done a tremendous job to recruit a player of this stature. I know Gabriel personally very well, and we all know him well from his time in the Premier League and being really successful here.
“This is a position that’s been on our radar for a long time now and we have managed to get a player that we all wanted, so I’m really happy.”